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IPL: Mumbai Indians Appoint Former South Africa Wicketkeeper Mark Boucher As New Head Coach

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Mumbai Indians on Friday confirmed the appointment of former South African wicketkeeper batter Mark Boucher as their new head coach, starting with Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023. Earlier this week, Cricket South Africa (CSA) had confirmed Boucher would step down as the head coach. of the men’s senior team after the upcoming T20 World Cup to be played in Australia in October-November.

Boucher has had a long and illustrious career as a wicket-keeper, batsman and holds the record for the most Test layoffs by a wicket-keeper. After retirement, he took over as coach for Titans, a top tier cricket franchise in South Africa, leading them to five domestic titles.

In 2019, Cricket South Africa appointed Mark Boucher as head coach, where he took 11 test wins, 12 in ODIs and 23 T20I wins.

“It is an honor and privilege to be appointed as the Head Coach of MI. Their history and achievements as a franchise have established them there as one of the most successful sports franchises in all of world sport. I look forward to the challenge and respect the need for results. It’s a strong unit with great leadership and players. I look forward to adding value to this dynamic unit,” Boucher said in an official press release issued by Mumbai Indians.

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Akash Ambani, Chairman, Reliance Jio Infocomm, said: “It is a pleasure to welcome Mark Boucher to Mumbai Indians. With his proven expertise on and off the pitch as a coach leading his team to countless victories, Mark will add tremendous value to MI and continue its legacy.”

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Earlier this week, former Mumbai Indians head coach Mahela Jayawardene was named Global Head of Performance by the franchise. Zaheer Khan, the director of Cricket Operations, has also been given a new role. The former Indian pacesetter will now become MI’s Global Head of Cricket Development. The two are the central team for the franchise’s “growing global cricket footprint,” Mumbai Indians had said in an official release.

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